Inquest reveals details of collision that killed Cirencester woman, Susan Mackenzie
AN INQUEST has heard of the tragic events in the moments before and after a Cirencester grandmother was struck down by a car and killed.
Susan May Mackenzie, 59, died after being hit by a black Audi A4 on the A429 dual carriageway between the Waitrose and Stroud Road roundabouts on January 2 of this year.
The inquest heard how Susan had been walking back to her home in Chesterton and had been wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision.
The car, which was being driven by 42-year-old Lisa Blackman from Corsham, had been in the outside lane of the dual carriageway to overtake a slower vehicle before moving back into the inside lane.
It was as she entered this lane that the car impacted with Susan, initially lifting her off her feet before her head hit the car’s windscreen and then being thrown into the road.
The court heard how the Audi had stopped 48 metres away from where Susan’s body had landed.
Susan later died at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital after suffering extensive injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen.
David Holland, a retired collision investigator, gave evidence at the hearing on Thursday, August 29.
He said: “There is no evidence to suggest that the Audi was being driven in anything other than a normal speed limit and within the speed limit.”
Mr Holland also told the court that the vehicle in question was in fine working order and that the street lights along the A429 were working perfectly.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police confirmed that no persons had been charged with an offence relating to the collision.
In the months after Susan’s death, campaigners strived to encourage pedestrians to use the footbridge located 400 metres away from the unofficial crossing where Susan was hit.
Tom Osborne, assistant coroner for Gloucestershire, concluded the inquest by saying Susan’s death was the consequence of a road traffic collision.
He said: “Dual carriageways are for cars and they are a danger to cross at the best of times.
“It’s unlikely that you’re going to persuade someone to walk 400 metres to cross a bridge and then walk 400 metres back.
"That’s what happened on this particular night and it’s unfortunate Sue was struck by a car.”
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